In a last minute attempt to allow Rihanna to lead the number 1 singles race against Katy Perry, Britney Spears was added to the “S&M” Rihmix, which has chained its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
The single increased in sales by 108% shifting 293,000 copies and beating out Lady Gaga’s “Judas” which sold only 163,000 and debuted at #10, which is excellent after only 2-and-a-half days on sale. This is Rihanna’s tenth number 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, and third consecutive number one from her fifth studio album “Loud”. This is also Britney’s fifth number 1 overall, following her record-breaking number one-debuting single, “Hold It Against Me”.
Not only has it become Rihanna’s 10 th #1, but Rihanna has made history by being the solo artist to log the shortest span between a first and 10th number one in the chart's 52-year history. It took Mariah Carey five years and four months to land the feat and did it in four years, 11 months and two weeks. Only The Beatles and The Supremes have better chart records - the Fab Four landed their first 10 number ones in a one year, eight month span, while Diana Ross' Motown trio achieved the feat in two years, eight months. Rihanna is only the ninth artist to total at least 10 Hot 100 number ones.
“Rihanna’s tenth #1 single is a monumental accomplishment and a testament to her incredible artistry,” said Steve Bartels, President and COO of the Island Def Jam Music Group. “This was a truly collaborative and creative effort, spearheaded by Rihanna’s tireless work and aided in no small part by the incredible Britney Spears and her team. I am extremely proud of Rihanna, her ongoing dominance on the charts, and the entire IDJ team who worked so diligently to bring this one home.”
Well, we all knew that Rihanna would sit on top of the chart. Let’s just hope it can sustain longevity in the top ten. All I know is that I’m proud of both of them and that Rihanna is slaying, especially after her beautiful redention of “California King Bed” on “American Idol”. Rihallah must really be taking notes about her criticised vocal performances, since she has had TWO consecutive amazing performances.
All together now: That Rihanna reign just won’t let up…